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Langtons house plays host to the perfect Essex wedding of Kylie & Greg

Essex wedding venue - Langtons house charmed all it's guest recently for the wedding of Essex couple Kylie & Greg Parkin. It brought back some fond memories for me personally. I remember  this place being a favourite of my grandad's when I was knee height to a grasshopper feeding the ducks. It was also where my mum & dad actually wed too so it has a special place in my heart and  hasn't lost any of it's appeal over the years at all.

I was really pleased that Kylie & Greg asked me to photograph their wedding more than a year ago. Their date soon came around and we started back at the brides home capturing the bridal party relaxing and getting ready for the big day ahead. This is a great time for getting those important detail shots and there was plenty on show so it kept me busy. A really nice surprise from Greg saw Kylie receive a gorgeous bouquet of flowers when the door knocked unexpectedly. We were all smiles and in good spirits for the getting ready section of the day. It made for some lovely imagery which I know will be shared with friends & family for years to come.

The groom chose to get ready with his best man at the Georgian grade II listed building in Billet lane, Hornchurch. When you hire one of the two rooms at Langtons, you have access to the bridal room up the winding stairs and along the corridor. It's airy and spacious in the room with furniture kept to a minimum. Greg was visibly nervous from the moment I saw him which is understandable - I would be too! He was always very welcoming of having his picture taken & even had some suggestions of his own.

groomsmen waiting

One memorable moment was when Greg handed his best man a pre-ceremony gift. You could tell they were close friends and it showed through on the day.

Grooms hugging

So out of the gold and the blue rooms available to the couple, they opted for the blue room to tie the knot. A popular choice it seems as we even had one couple who were Kylie & Gregs guests actually marry in that very room 28 years ago. We were all set to go. Greg perspiring and pacing up and down at the front and the bridesmaids lined up just outside the door waiting in anticipation for the registrar to start proceedings. I had briefly spoke to the bridesmaids about taking it slowly with their walk down the aisle so I could capture the moment in a variety of ways. We did well apart from the moment baby Lillie saw daddy for the first time that day & a cautious walk turned into a world record time of 2.5 seconds over the length of the 30ft aisle. We still got the shot but I was worried there for a second :) 

I had sensed it was going to be an emotional ceremony and it didn't disappoint. We had bridesmaids weeping, Greg overwhelmed at the sight of his stunning new wife & some very proud faces in amongst the packed room. We also had a touching tribute to the brides father by way of a favourite image in a nice frame so he could be with us in the room at the time of marriage.

Groom sees bride for first time
Bridesmaids weeping
Father shot after ceremony

A big thank you must go to one of the couples guests AKA  (the MC) who helped with rounding up people for the traditional portraits under the old blossom tree in the grounds at the back. The family shots went smoothly and quickly before I whisked Kylie & Greg away to get some gorgeous alone time moments. Once completed, I had remembered to bring some bread because I wanted to re-create an image I had in my head of Lillie feeding the ducks with mum & dad. I knew where I wanted this to take place due to  scouting my locations days beforehand and it came out great.

We were so lucky with the weather all day after some rain first thing. This kept everyone in high spirits and happy to bask in the glorious mid afternoon sunshine while we captured the shots we needed. 

The evening went really well too. The hall just to the right of the reception as you come into the venue was carefully decorated and well thought through. So much time and effort was taken to ensure they made their own personal mark on the Essex venue for the night. After the sit down meal and some emotional speeches (including a surprise one from Kylie), we had a fantastic singer/DJ Tony Roberts throughout which was a great choice & made sure the fed & watered guests stayed on their feet dancing.

cutting of the cake
Tony roberts singer
first dance

I even stayed until the party was over. The people were great and it was nice to have a drink with the couple & their guests. I must say a thank you to Kylie & Greg for the beer - this went down a treat and was much appreciated. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Let's stay in touch :)

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